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Be careful sliding, boys

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 15, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I’m headed out to have a beer with my friends from the UConn basketball team, who are in town to play South Florida tomorrow afternoon.

But before I jet, I’ll leave you with this:

These are not your father’s Yankees. Two players in camp – Andrew Brackman and Joba Chamberlain – are sporting nipple rings.

According to the team rules handed out by Joe Girardi, players are allowed to wear one chain and no earrings while on the field. How the rules apply to body jewelry, I have no idea.

Nor, frankly, do I want to know.





62 Responses to “Be careful sliding, boys”

  1. mel February 15th, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    EWWWWW. TMI, Pete. How’d you get that scoop?

    They should make Melky wear a nipple ring on each side connected by a chain to a belly ring. That should stop him from sliding head first.

  2. Old Goat February 15th, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    If 38 Pitches had a nipple ring, would he hang donuts from them?

  3. Fleas February 15th, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Amazing to me how the Yankees are NOT even being considered as a challenge to the RedSox this year. I guess that is what to be expected since the 3-0 Sox comeback and we haven’t proved that we can do anything other than lose in the post season.

    Hate on me all you want. I am still going to watch my Yankees like I did last year where I only missed about 15 games in total. I just don’t see them winning the wild card or holding first-place over Boston the whole season.

    Mark my prediction: Yankees will finish 8 games back from Boston without a Wild Card spot. At least will have the young arms to watch and keep it interesting.

    I’m still missing Santana.. and I am sure that will only get worse.

  4. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--27/08 February 15th, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    What’s worse, this or Johnny Damon’s pull ups?

  5. Andrea February 15th, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Pull-ups are still worse.

  6. Rocco February 15th, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    I refuse to believe babe ruth didn’t have a nipple ring.

  7. mel February 15th, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    An abscess on Roger’s butt is pretty gross, too.

  8. Jeff NJ February 15th, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Good scoop there Peter. I guess nipple rings are fashionable with kids today. Who knew? More importantly I like what you have said about Brackmans body type. Seems like he could be a real dominator in the future. Is he out for the year or is there a chance he could pitch in the minors down the stretch?

  9. Patrick February 15th, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Its pretty surreal that all these young guys are my age, it feels like the team is full of dudes I knew in college.

  10. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--27/08 February 15th, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Now I have to wonder, are the rings studs or do they dangle?

  11. Sonny M February 15th, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Pete, your a fine journalist, but please, next time, this is one inside scoop I do not want to have.

    And if anything comes up about a prince albert…..pretend its a matter of national security, and refuse to divulge it, take that info to your grave if need be.

  12. mel February 15th, 2008 at 7:22 pm


    Thank god he didn’t post pictures. It’s not like they have Beck’s (the futbol player, not the singer) abs or anything.

    Speaking of, I can’t believe how much weight Bruney lost. I’m glad that he worked hard knowing that it’d be hard to grab a spot on the roster.

  13. Doreen February 15th, 2008 at 7:24 pm


    And Eeeew! Not your father’s Yankees, indeed!

    I’ll never get used to certain body piercings. Well, at least they’re removable. Having the tattoo conversation with my daughter. Not fun. Trying to be reasonable. Mostly I tell her if you’re going to do it, don’t put it anywhere that’s going to look a lot different in 20 years.

    By the way, and slightly o/t: to show my total ignorance and age gap here, what is HALO? (Read it in Hughes’ blog)

  14. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--27/08 February 15th, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    You know if it was certain other players I wouldn’t mind seeing the pictures, but since said players may be reading this blog I’ll leave them nameless.

    (yes, I’m talking to YOU)

  15. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--27/08 February 15th, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Doreen: It’s an XboX game.

  16. Nick in SF February 15th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Certain players who were key ingredients in the initial trade package for Johan Santana?

    Ewwwww, package.

    I just threw up a little in my mouth.

  17. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 15th, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Not to bring up the “other” Joe (since I’m sure Joe will get tired of hearing about him) Are those rules any different than the other Joe’s?

  18. Doreen February 15th, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks, Rebecca!

  19. Elizabeth February 15th, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Haha! Probably the most hilarious Yankee news in a while!

  20. tterba February 15th, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    HALO is a video game

  21. gayle February 15th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Here is something I heard on the wayhome and not sure if it has been posted in another thread or not so I apologize up front if it has. XM175 had a news story about the goings on at various camps and in the Yankees roundout and I if you scripted this it would not to be believed Latroy Hawkins was running away after chatting with reporters and tripped over a plaers duffel bag. Guess whose bag it was??

    Yep Yep..The only and only Carl Pavano. Now Latroy was not hurt and probably he didnt leave it himself or maybe he did but this guy has bad karma all over him they need to burn 45 and not let him near anyone at this point before something bad really happens.

  22. Eric February 15th, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Come on pete your better than this. come on thats not cool man not cool

  23. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 15th, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    ha-ha found this on nyyfans


  24. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 15th, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    What the hell is he doing leaving his bag laying on the field. What a jack @ss

  25. RosterRooster February 15th, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    The season hasnt even started yet and the “Joba’s nipple” stories are already starting. Can we find a new angle pete?

  26. Central Ct Yankee February 15th, 2008 at 8:17 pm


    Stay away from the UCONN players. We have had enough problems this year and we are on an eight game winning streak.

    Take Mike Anthony out for some cocktails.

  27. Dr. Cox February 15th, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    I like this story. Let the Yankees start sporting some of their wild sides, it can only help. No one wants to be corporate.

    Damn the Man, Save the Empire!

  28. Joe from Long Island February 15th, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Pete, I come here for Yankee information that I get no where else…but this crosses the line. This is DEFINITELY more than I want to know.

  29. whozat February 15th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    “This story makes it clear Pete is a package-peeker.”

    In what sense are nipples a part of someone’s “package”?

  30. iYankees February 15th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    lol.. i recently had my ears pierced and it’s tough taking care of those. i wonder if they still have to rotate the piercings twice a day? … eh, gross visual.

  31. Ranting Guy February 15th, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    yeesh ….

  32. AlexCT February 15th, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    I really wish you hadn’t told us about the nipple rings

  33. Andrea February 15th, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    iYankees–with body piercings, you have to clean and rotate them way more than 2 times a day…

  34. Vader February 15th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Luckily, there was nothing connected to it.

    Pete, what UConn teams (years) did you cover?

    I could never understand how Jim Calhoun has able get those players to go play in Storrs with all those lovely cow pastures.

  35. iYankees February 15th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    andrea, yikes. that’s probably pretty annoying but i guess it’s worth it, you know, not having your nipple fall off and all.

  36. pat February 15th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    They got Tony Pena to shave his mustache for a winning streak last year, what would they have to accompish to talk him into a body piercing?

    Anyone know what time the Yanks start workouts? I want to drive over from Orlando tomorrow AM?

  37. Mark Alan February 15th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Actually, I like corporate, to an extent, in a baseball team. I want the Yankees to be better than anyone else, clean, efficient, and ruthless. I mean, even Alex liked the head butts and fist smashes, but there’s a long way from that compact celebrating and the lameness of “cowboy up.”

  38. Wolf In Pinstripes February 15th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    “If 38 Pitches had a nipple ring, would he hang donuts from them?”

    No, the nipple rings would be hanging from donuts themsleves. Get it? ;)

    mel is going to kill me for that mental image. :p

  39. mel February 15th, 2008 at 10:04 pm


    I can’t picture it. Can you upload a sketch to your site?

    I don’t think you can pierce any part of 38 Special’s torso. He’ll deflate.

  40. li February 15th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    I bet Phil Hughes can get photos of both for his blog.

  41. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 15th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Hey can anyone help me out. I need to get cheap tickets from newark to toronto. Am I better off waiting till it gets close to when I want to leave?

  42. MikeEff - Shelley at First February 15th, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    jennifer i’d try expedia or travelocity. and the sooner the better

  43. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 15th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Everywhere I’ve looked is the same price. I’ve checked continental, travelocity, american express they all show the same price. :( I thought you were supposed to be able to get better rates searching. :cry:

  44. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 15th, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Plus I need specific flights as I plan on leaving work early and getting up there in time for the game. Than leaving Sunday after the game. I guess they kill you with the price because it is a weekend flight. UGH!! I wish I knew someone who was a travel agent. :cry:

  45. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 15th, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Also can anyone help me with hotels in Toronto. I have the intercontintal booked it is like 530 for 2 nights, I’d at least like to save money on that. Maybe Pete can help me, he should be an expert at this. :lol:

  46. Buddy Biancalana February 15th, 2008 at 10:43 pm



  47. gayle February 15th, 2008 at 10:44 pm


    Couple of things in terms of hotel there is one connected if not right across th street from the Skydome. See what Air Canada offers in terms of flight they may have a deal. I am in Toronto often so email with questions. Remember the us dollar is not what it used to be there so prices arent so great anymore

  48. gayle February 15th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    ps there is a great airport hotel which makes it easier as traffic getting to the airport is a mess not perfect but always an option also the area near the skydome is considered the club area so if you want nightlife you are near that if you stay near the dome

  49. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 15th, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Thanks Buddy, I’m checking it out now.

    Gayle, shooting an email your way. thanks

  50. whoa February 15th, 2008 at 10:53 pm


  51. jj February 15th, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    isn’t Northwest always the cheapest, regardless of which website you check?

  52. jp February 15th, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    ew.. at nipple rings

    Jorge on One Life To Live.. when did this happen?

  53. JJ February 15th, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Joba can hang some flypaper from it on the next trip to the Jake.

  54. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 15th, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Just going by the date, it looks like it was on today. It is on again tomorrow 2am on soapnet. I just dvr’d it.

  55. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 15th, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Or not

    this is the photo’s caption

    DAYTIME – ESPN joined forces with ABC Daytime for its 2008 Fantasy Baseball marketing campaign where drama takes center stage. The “Endless Drama” marketing campaign for Fantasy Baseball on ESPN launches March 3, 2008 on ESPN networks and the Internet.’s free fantasy baseball launched its 2008 season and includes customized rules, scoring and a host of content to help players win their leagues. For more details visit (ABC/STEVE FENN) JORGE POSADA, DAVID FUMERO

  56. Wolf In Pinstripes February 16th, 2008 at 12:24 am


    I can’t picture it. Can you upload a sketch to your site?

    I don’t think you can pierce any part of 38 Special’s torso. He’ll deflate.”

    Well, since you asked ( ;) ) – I’ll just explain a little better. My point was that the body parts he would have to pierce for nipple rings would resemble donuts themslves. But I think you’re right – any attempt at piercing would probably lead to a deflation. As for a sketch…I’d probably make myself ill trying to draw it. LOL

  57. Frankie Yankee February 16th, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Now thats the hard hitting information we are looking for… now if we can only find out where Giambi parties all the time… GO UCONN!

  58. Brian February 16th, 2008 at 11:51 am

    nipple rings, sure why not, corey worthington has one so its pretty cool in my book

  59. Marc February 16th, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    May I say, GO HUSKIES! To quote the Go-Go’s, “We got Thabeet!”

  60. daboot_24 February 16th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Any Yankees with tongue piercings? You know what Chris Rock says in “No Sex (in the Champagne Room)”…

  61. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Very bold move by Joba.

    Not many straight men try that.

    Wait a sec………………

  62. Hampton Inn January 5th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    This was a very good read, please keep updating!

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